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Secret Teacher – Summer Holiday Ups And Downs

Secret Teacher – Summer Holiday Ups And Downs

We teachers work 9-3.30 and have ‘all that holiday’ to look forward to. At least, that is what the public tend to believe – just as 2 members of that same public were amazed I wasn’t going on holiday this summer, as “teachers get £40,000 a year, don’t they?” The...

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Should We Work From Home In The Summer?

By Charles Hibbert  British summer weather has led to suggestions we should work from home more as office workers being more unproductive in the working week. Research shows that UK office workers were originally committed to work for three days a week, but with temperatures rising, workers are unproductive for...

Bliar? Does The Chilcot Report Let Blair Off The Hook?

Collateral Damage – A tale for Tony Blair

It’s a little hard to explain .... but we’ll get there in the end. Time’s what we’ve got plenty of you see. Those noises from next door? Just to wet the whistle, in a manner of speaking. Gets the old adrenalin flowing. It’s Masher. We call him that but he’s...

Is Celebrity Culture Killing us?

Is Celebrity Culture Killing us?

By Deborah Hodge As a previous television addict I can map out the time of year according to big shows that mainstream media feeds us. Britain’s Got Talent begins the year nicely and the X Factor winner is announced just before Christmas. Yes, we really do have our lives mapped out...

Iranian men wearing hijabs in solidarity with women

Iranian men wearing hijabs in solidarity with women

Men across Iran have been taking pictures of themselves wearing the hijab in solidarity with women in the country, which has strict conservative legislation. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution , wearing the headscarf is part of the law. Any females who don’t follow the rules face a punishments even the...

Children Do Not Want To Eat Dead Animals

Children Do Not Want To Eat Dead Animals

By Elena Orde, Editor of The Vegan You may have seen recent news stories about a malnourished child who was removed from his parents. A sad case, of course, but given that malnutrition affects over 3 million people in the UK, why has this particular story made international headlines? Because...

Parque de el Retiro. Pic: Rosie Benson

Five must-dos in Madrid

Land-locked, football mad, the eternal rival to Barcelona, Madrid has a lot more to offer than boulevards and the beautiful game. Here, Rosie Benson takes at look at five must-dos in Spain’s capital city… What to drink… Nobody drinks sangria in Spain anymore, it’s all about Tinto de Verano. The...

Bliar? Does The Chilcot Report Let Blair Off The Hook?

Bliar? Does The Chilcot Report Let Blair Off The Hook?

David Wilson co-founded the War Child charity, set up the Pavarotti Music Centre with the late opera star to heal the survivors of the Bosnian conflict with music workshops, then spent many years haranguing Tony Blair as Press Officer of the Stop The War Coalition. The lifelong anti war activist...

Britain: A Real Life Story

Britain: A Real Life Story

By Deborah Hodge Brexit has unearthed some deep seated xenophobia and staggering U-turns from politicians. The vote has divided the country even more. The class system is alive and well. Under Cameron we have seen More Brits are living off benefits today than at any other time since the establishment of the...

Ston Easton Park

Hotel review: Ston Easton Park

by Mischa Mack Thirteen years ago my husband and I, married that day, waved goodbye to family and friends through the rear window of a 1957 Armstrong Siddeley. It was midnight, we were giddy with excitement and had no idea where we were headed. My parents had arranged a surprise...

Ex-Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie Brexit U-turn…bit late mate

Ex-Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie Brexit U-turn…bit late mate

By Steve Taggart It appears that former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie is regretting opting for the Leave campaign and writing quite a few articles on the subject. MacKenzie has “buyer’s” remorse after backing Brexit, and it “fearful” about what lies ahead. Twitter had a few comments for him… Kelvin MacKenzie's column...

Happiness at Work

Happiness at Work

Ask most managers what their top priorities are for their direct reports and I would be hugely surprised if the word ‘happiness’ appeared anywhere on a list littered with words like ‘productivity’, ‘creativity’ ‘target-orientated’, ‘efficient’ etc. But we are now interested in the idea of happiness at work (and in...

Euro leaders vote for Brexit

Has the Second EU referendum petition been hacked?

By Tom Lowenstein @stoopnik As it emerges that the parliament petition was actually set up by a pro-leave right wing activist, huge numbers of votes from ineligible countries could undermine Remainers’ hopes of a second referendum The petition demanding a second EU referendum has now passed three million signatures, but...

Farage criticised for using Brussels attack to argue for Brexit

Blame Culture Is Responsible For Brexit

By Dani Porter As many others are likely feeling right now, I am stunned. I barely have the words, or perhaps too many words, to know where to start on this very bleak, dispiriting day. There is much I could say on how I feel this is a terrible decision for...

The EU is no Answer to Conservative Hegemony

By Babatunde Salau The hijacking of the EU referendum into a Tory civil war shows how divisive the issue is within the Conservative party. In an effort to definitively settle the issue, Cameron unleashed a eurosceptic sentiment that threatens not just his leadership, but also confidence in Brussels, as a growing...

The Benefit of Benefits

The Benefit of Benefits

By Sean Michael Wilson Over the last 5 years people of left wing views have been focusing a lot on how the Tories are making life worse for people in the UK. Increasing student debt, decreasing housing benefit, making welfare payments more difficult to access, etc. But certain people, of a...

We spend 48 days having sex, so 49 people have died

We spend 48 days having sex, so 49 people have died

By John Locke, Northern Correspondent. According to Wikifacts the average human spends 48 days of their life having sex. This is of course an average and may be less or may be more dependent on sexual activity and length of life. Think how much more a person does in their...

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Beware Of Activist Investors

Activist investors are relatively new but very influential players in international capital markets. They are shareholders at publicly traded companies who attempt to affect change in an organization either by directly appealing to, or putting heavy pressure on, the company’s board of directors, bypassing the normal advisory process. The scope of...

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Restaurant Review – The Grantley Arms, Surrey

By Mischa Mack My expectations weren’t sky high - the transformation of a village pub in the Surrey Hills doesn’t spark the same buzz as, say, the launch of a Bolivian-Balti fusion pop-up in Bermondsey. But having said that, Matt Edmonds - former Head Chef of Searcys at the Gherkin...

What is the future of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and why?

What is the future of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and why?

Brian Lonsdale sheds light on the latest Google initiative AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), and tells TheLondonEconomic.com what it means for website owners.  Brian is an SEO expert dedicated to increasing client's website traffic through major search engines for medium to large businesses in the UK. Visit https://www.smarterdigitalmarketing.co.uk to find...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Shouldn’t Be Ignored

By Tim Kellett – Director at Paydata > https://www.paydata.co.uk/   Since the publication of the governments draft regulations on mandatory gender pay gap reporting, it appears that few employers are taking the preparatory steps, avoiding the topic altogether and not taking the legislation seriously. Admittedly in the last year there...

Trends: what’s next, and why should businesses care?

Trends: what’s next, and why should businesses care?

Henry Mason, managing director of TrendWatching, talks to John Machin about how businesses can apply emerging trends to drive business insights We caught up with Henry Mason, managing director of TrendWatching and author of Trend-Driven Innovation, to find out how businesses can apply emerging trends to drive business insights and delight...

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Restaurant Review – House of Ho

By Mischa Mack Light pours in through a wall of windows; whirring fans sway - suspended from a high ceiling; banquettes and chairs are upholstered in olive green velvet and leather; fine glassware sparkles on marble tables; designer lamps and distressed mirrors adorn the walls. Doors open onto an elegant,...

The top 7 Start-up Spaces in London

The top 7 Start-up Spaces in London

Building your own business from the ground up is a pretty enormous task. You have to be your own manager, your best creative mind, your own accountant. But do you really have to do everything yourself? Wouldn't it be nice if, at the very least, somebody else would take care...

The Hoxton

Hotel review: The Hoxton, Amsterdam

by Beth Roberts, travel writer It’s 11.30pm on a Sunday night in Amsterdam airport - the tail end of a wild weekend, culminating in this most hideous of hangovers. Without warning, our long awaited London-bound flight disappears from the departures screen, cancelled due to the fog and marooning us in...

We Need Lower and Simpler Taxes to Prevent Tax Avoidance

By Ben Ramanauskas The recent revelation that many leading political figures around the world have been using offshore tax havens to hide their money has caused widespread outrage in the the UK and abroad. The Prime Minister of Iceland has resigned as a result, and there are calls by many...

Foxes Still Have To Fend-Off Cockerels

Sport News 24/7 By Billy Stephens  @BillyLaughs  @TLE_Sport I wrote back in November that Leicester City would have to tighten up at the back if they wanted to challenge for the title (at the time they had conceded five more than any other team in the top five) and they...

Special Places to Stay In Tokyo And Southern Japan

Special Places to Stay In Tokyo And Southern Japan

Sean Sheehan finds superb accommodation in likely and unlikely places To many people, Japan seems a strange and unknown land. But nothing is more assuring than its hotels where the consummate grace and practised politeness of customer service is rooted in the country’s culture. The Park Hyatt, the location for...

When Free Trade Fails: The Fall of British Steel

When Free Trade Fails: The Fall of British Steel

By Dean Hochlaf As I write, 40,000 workers in the British steel industry face an uncertain future. Tata Steel is on the verge of selling its unprofitable British operations. While attention given to the state of British steel gathers momentum, it is becoming painfully clear that the seeds of the collapse...

Unlocking Laos

Unlocking Laos

By Harry Bedford  As one of the five remaining communist countries, Laos is very much a victim of its political history. The domino that fell along with Vietnam in the 1970s is only just starting to pick itself back up - much to the delight of the tourist. Laos is...

The Myths that Drive Austerity

The Myths that Drive Austerity

By Prof Mary Mellor The justification for austerity is that the public sector must live within its means. There is a plausibility in the claim that the state is like a household that should not spend more than it earns. This kind of ‘handbag economics’ draws its analogy from a...

The case for a new Third Way

The case for a new Third Way

This is the latest guest feature from Richard Roberts, 26, author of Musings of a Young Londoner .  If you would like to feature on The London Economic, you can submit your articles here.   I’m a pro-capitalist social democrat. No, it’s not an oxymoron. It means roughly this: Philosophically,...

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